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Questions tagged [conky]

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X that displays information on your desktop.

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conky: proper column alignment

Say I want something like the following in my .conkyrc NAME PID CPU% MEM% ${top name 1} ${top pid 1} ${top cpu 1} ${top mem 1} ${top name 2} ${top pid 2} ${top cpu 2} ...
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How do I pipe notifications into my statusbar?

I am trying to instate a more graphically minimal notification system in Arch Linux. Specifically, I've taken interest with programs such as dzen2 or conky that allow for more text-based status bars. ...
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.conkyrc - how to set real transparency

It's long time I'm trying to fix my .conkyrc configuration file in order to set real transparency. There are many post out there about it, but none of them helped in my case, it seems the solution ...
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Conky on multiple display?

I have an external display that show the right part of my screen (--right-of option in xrandr), And my conky panel was just gone. (occupies space, but not visible on both display) What I want is the ...
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Conky - string formatting

I have conky the record: ${color lightblue} Down: ${downspeed wlan0} Up: ${upspeed wlan0} Conky prints link speed, but the text moves: Down: OB Up: OB Down: 60B Up: 60B Down: 148B Up: 148B Down:...
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Adding spacing around text in Conky?

I've created a pretty awesome layout in Conky for my desktop machine. I'm unfortunately having a hard time trying to add padding to the text on the right to separate the right side of the text from ...
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Increasing conky height

Is there any way to change the height of a conky window? .conkyrc background no update_interval 1 cpu_avg_samples 2 net_avg_samples 2 override_utf8_locale yes double_buffer yes no_buffers yes ...
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Can conky float over maximized windows?

My idea is to use a minimized conky window on the desktop to show basically CPU and memory data all the time. Is this possible with Conky?
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What's the right way to display system sound volume in conky?

What's the right way of displaying system sound volume in conky ? I don't have /dev/mixer file, and without an external command, is it possible ? Conky 1.9.0
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How to output a date/time as “20 minutes ago” or “9 days ago”, etc

I run rsync as a cron job and display the last backup via conky (i.e. "Last backup 2017 05 12 14:22:20"). I would like to display my last backup as "2 days ago" or "4 hours ago", rather than just ...
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Creating Conky text variables with zero padding?

I've got a strange issue with my Conky setup: What I'm looking to get rid of/fix is the fact that my CPU percentages (using ${cpu cpuX}) won't seem to pad properly. I'd like all values to be aligned ...
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Tell Conky to update from a separate process

I have Conky display my current volume with ${exec bash /path/to/script/getvolume.sh}. However I have noticed that after changing the volume, I have to wait a while for Conky to update. Is it possible ...
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How accurate is Conky?

I'm on Crunchbang 64 bit, Conky shows that I'm using 4% of my CPU. But I can feel the CPU burning so hot, got Spotify, Chrome and couple other apps running. On windows 7 chrome uses about half of the ...
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How to change the language for date command?

I'm using vnstat together with conky. To show the monthly traffic I'm mixing vnstat and grep to find the month. The command to collect the data is ${execi 3600 vnstat -m -i wlan0 | grep "$(date "+%h")...
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How to make this conky (Conky Vision) use other language than English?

I want to use this conky script: Conky Vision But I don't want the days of the week to be displayed in English. When I change my locale to another language, the day of today is displayed in that ...
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openbox window positioning

Can one somehow instruct openbox about the desired location to open new windows? For example, I have two screens (LVDI, VGA) and would prefer that new windows be opened on VGA, whereas they are always ...
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conky execi doesn't execute on startup

In my .conkyrc file I use some shell-scripts and call it via {execi}. The problem is it doesn't execute these scripts on startup, e.g. get_public_ip.sh doesn't need to get called every 30 seconds ...
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Shell script too slow for output to Conky

I want the output of stdbuf -i0 -o0 -e0 jack_cpu_load | sed -n 's/[A-Za-z]*//g;s/ //g;s/.\{4\}$//;9,$p' to be displayed in Conky but, I suspect, Conky is starting the script with every refresh and ...
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Limit the length of the output of “rss” command in conky

I'm running conky with desktop RSS. Is it possible to limit the max length of its title? I have something like this in my config: ${rss XXX 30 item_title 4}${goto 600}${rss YYY 30 item_title 4} So ...
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How does CPU frequency work in conky?

I'm setting up conky and I would like to add the CPU frequency, but if I put ${freq_g cpu0} Ghz I get 1.2Ghz. Why is that? My CPU is 2.8Ghz.
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In conky, how can I show a progress-bar for the track playing in Deadbeef?

I had a simple conky script for the Deadbeef audio player: The part that is concerned with the lines above is this: TEXT ${color 3399FF}${alignr}db audio is playing: #${alignr} ${color FFFFFF}${...
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Is it possible to loop in conky

Is there a way to loop in conky? For example, I have my .conky script that displays cpu load, however, it has to be reconfigured when I move to another machine. A trivial script like sudo grep "...
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set color of conky

I want to set the color of a line to a specific shade of yellow (but not just yellow). I set it like this: ${font LCDMono:bold:size=20}${color yellow}Uptime:$color $uptime Where all the line has ...
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Adding a systemd .service (Debian)

I'm following this tutorial (https://kezhong.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/creating-my-own-systemd-service-files-on-fedora-16x86_64/) to add a new systemd .service, but it doesn't work, i did step by step ...
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Running a program automatically?

There is a Linux program I like which is Conky, when I run conky -c mycustomconf.txt it runs fine. I want this program to run automatically when I start my computer, without having to type in the ...
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Conky i3bar not recognizing spaces

I redid my i3bar recently with conky. This morning when I woke up the there were un-recognized characters symbols in my bar (where there are spaces in my conkyrc file). Nothing has really changed to ...
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Append new lines to stream, until certain number is reached

I'm using this command, which searches pacman.log for packages updated today and converts them into a conky string: tail -500 /var/log/pacman.log | grep -e "\[$(date +"%Y-%m-%d") [0-5][0-9]:[0-9][0-...
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Dynamic conky variable argument

I'm trying to use conky's image variable in a way that it read the image file path from a file or a pipe. Something like ${image ${execp cat /home/r1y4n/.conky/imagepath.txt} -p 30,0 -s 150x150 } But ...
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Conky on root desktop doesn't show config file changes

Summary: I recently installed Crunchbang and want to change the color of Conky, which is installed by default and shows system status info on the desktop. However, changing the config settings doesn'...
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What does Conky update interval update and how to tune it?

As I understand, conky_update reloads the whole conky window every time. So, if I have rss fetching there and some scripts running they all rerun every few seconds. Is this right? Can I make the rss ...
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Conky auto startup in Fedora 28

This is recurring question yet I cannot make one program (conky) to automatically start when GNOME 3 starts. In ~/.config/autostart I have the following file: cat ~/.config/autostart/conky.desktop [...
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How can I use output of a execi in a conky in a subsequent line

I'm not a coder, just someone who is trying to work with conky for default distribution with a Linux distro. Here I am trying to get automatic net setup. Following posts here and elsewhere, I am able ...
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Why won't this conky config stick to background in i3wm?

Having issues with my i3wm conky config. When "own_window = yes" the clock displayed in this file always stays on top of all my windows. And it won't display if I set the value to no. my conky file: (...
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Conky: round ${top cpu 1}

I have ${top cpu 1} that show me for example 13.34. Is it possible to round this to 13?
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Can conky monitor other Linux computers on the network?

I know conky can monitor my personal computer, but can it monitor the other Linux servers I have on the network? I'd like to see data on CPU and memory usage and some critical processes each server ...
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Conky above full screen

I would like to run an instance of conky on top, that is, to always be visible. I tried to use own_window yes own_window_type normal own_window_class conky own_window_transparent no ...
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Can Conky perform basic maths nativly?

I would like to perform basic, arbitrary maths without writing a lua function for it. One (non-working) example might be: ${${loadavg 1}*100)}% If this were possible then many other uses might be ...
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Bind conky to single worksapce

Is it possible to run different conky configuration on different workspaces? I've checked man conky, only to find the desktop directive, but that doesn't work. Conky still runs on all workspaces.
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{exec} cause Conky to stop

I wanted to add mpd informations to my conky and therefore I created a script which role is to get the cover from ID3 tags This script is called using the {exec 'path'} command My probleme is that ...
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Editing Conky configuration variables from Lua

I've been messing around with Conky for a while now and I recently started dabbling in Lua scripting. One of the things that used to bug me about a "flat" conkyrc approach (as opposed to a combined ...
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Conky buffer too small?

e.g.: my sample conkyrc (the last line is the only important part!): background yes use_xft yes xftfont Terminus:size=8 xftalpha 0.8 update_interval 5.0 total_run_times 0 double_buffer yes own_window ...
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How can I create my own custom progress bar in Conky?

I have started using Conky some days ago, and I'm willing to create my own configuration. I have added some colors, cool ASCII art and learned the basics. However, I don't like the default progress ...
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diskio/diskiograph in Conky only understands physical device names?

In case this is so, it can be a huge downer in modern Linux distros, since the device names are very often assigned arbitrarily. So if you have no more than two HDDs in your system, but two USB flash ...
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Position of “double_buffer yes” in ~/.conkyrc

According to the Archlinux wiki, in the "Prevent flickering" section, the line "double_buffer yes" should be placed "below the other options, not below TEXT or XY". But when I look at Crunchbang ...
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Conky infobar alignment left and right

I want to build a simple infobar using conky. Take the following example: dropbox zotero should be aligned to the left. SSID: Hier Volume... should be aligned to the right. Currently I am working ...
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How to do math manipulation with variables in conky?

This is part of my conky code. conky.config = { alignment = 'top_right', background = true, color2 = '2ECC71', cpu_avg_samples = 2, default_color = 'FFFFFF', double_buffer = ...
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How can I create a custom conky bar for diskio in Linux?

I am using conky 1.10.3 (conky-all) in Ubuntu 16.10 (x86-64), kernel 4.8.0-59-generic, Cinnamon 3.0.7. How can I create a bar for diskio (actually, one for diskio_read and another for diskio_write)? ...
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directory size in conky

Conky is a system monitor software. I want to display the directory size of /usr and /var. Unfortunately I did not found any conky command so i made my own. /usr $alignr${exec du -sch /usr | head -n1 ...
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How can I display ANSI color in a CLI conky display?

Ideally, I could use something like colortail or multitail and have conky configured to pass the color through, if that is possible. If not, then I need a way to do it some other way. Apologies for ...
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Large space under text above HR in conky

I have this simple .conkyrc config: own_window yes own_window_type conky own_window_argb_visual yes own_window_argb_value 255 own_window_transparent yes own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,...